Annual 3FIDI 350km ride

This year saw a lot more interest in the 350 ride, although only 1 extra person for the full distance.

We started at 4am from the ABC building and of the expected 10 to 12 riders 7 showed at the start. Bleeksie, Blunn, Kevin, Libby, Steve Crispin, Lisa K. and Greg were the ones that started the show rolling. After Stromlo we met up Steve Hanley and Chris Thompson, who had missed the start by a couple of minutes and managed to motor around Adelaide Ave to meet up with the, now a nice 9 person, bunch.


The road to Yass show two punctures, both for Greg, and a fair bit of Kangaroo spotting to avoid early retirement.



Breakfast stop at 7am in Yass, ca. 80km, to fuel up on drinks and some Egg & Bacon goodness. At 2km outside of Yass another puncture, this time it was Steve Hanley’s tyre that was slashed by glass and some Gu wrapper was needed to fix the puncture, very effective as it made it around the whole ride. It was looking like a puncture every 30km, but luckily this was to be the last one.


Keeping a nice pace we rode to Gunning for the first Coffee of the day, plenty of cakes and biscuits were consumed as well. Everybody still feeling good.


From Gunning it was on to Crookwell, which is the highest point of the ride and the half-way point for the 350 riders. The pace had to be tuned a little to make sure we didn’t leave anybody behind. After nursing the bunch to Crookwell and a quick drink refill and toilet stop, we blasted down to Goulburn increasing our average speed back to over 30km for the first time since Yass. It was a happy occasion to roll into the Green Grocers cafee/bike shop.

Lisa K., Matt, Kevin and Libby finished their ride at the 220km mark and Bruce (rode direct from Canberra to Goulburn to join in) and Roland (drove to Goulburn with fresh legs) joined us for the last 130km section. Compared to last year I, Bleeksie, was feeling way better and managed to eat lots of food which should make the next section go much smoother than last time.


Having done more than 3/4 of all the climbing before Goulburn the speed through Tarago and to Bungendore could be kept pegged at a nice cruise, with only a couple of small rises and 35 degrees temperatures pressuring some riders, me included, but a few minutes later all would be back up to speed. There was a slight side-tail wind that kept thing flowing and the closer we got to Bungendore the faster the bunch went.


Bungedore saw Chris eat his compulsory Water-melon, that he had been looking forward to from the beginning of the ride :). Stocking up on food and drinks, all of us knowing that Smith’s Gap was looming, once we made over that we’d virtually be home and hosed. Roland with the freshed legs found out there were Strava point up for grabs on Smith’s Gap so he went for it with Steve Crispin close behind, Greg and I cruised (or grovelled) up the hill. We all made it and it was a great feeling… only 50km to go from there.

Through Sutton and we were all looking for fresh water not being able to face drinking anymore sports drinks, but no taps available so water was shared around riders. We had to do an emergency stop at Eagle Hawk just for water and to stand in the shade for a cople of minutes. We were ahead of time compared to last year.

Chris, Steve Crispin and Greg did the border sprint to really use up their legs, then it was a nice fast but relaxed ride into Canberra. Four of us crossing the 350km mark at the Phillip Ave corner, except for Chris who had to ride an extra couple of km’s as his Garmin was a little slow in finding Satellites in the morning and he wanted to have a registered ride distance.

220km riders: Lisa Keeling, Matt Blunn, Libby Adamson, Kevin Miller

130km rider: Roland Trease

240(?)km rider: Bruce Luckman

350km riders (first timers): Steve Hanley, Steve Crispin

350km riders (second timers): Chris Thompson, Greg Burghardt, Bleeksie

3 thoughts on “Annual 3FIDI 350km ride”

  1. Good story, sounds like a great ride. I’m happy to do 30 min 50s on the indoor trainer while monsoon season last in Jakarta.

  2. Nice going guys! Thanks for an awesome morning’s ride.

    Not sure Greg actually got off his bike? Saw him still riding on the way to work this morning.

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